Joe Scarborough Shuts Down Lying EPA Chief Scott Pruitt: 'This Interview Has to Stop!'

Joe Scarborough Shuts Down Lying EPA Chief Scott Pruitt: ‘This Interview Has to Stop!’

does President Trump still believe Climate Change is ‘a hoax’?

A certain bit of validation comes when Conservatives call out the president and his administration or, at the very least, hold their feet to the fire. On this morning’s Morning Joe, conservative host Joe Scarborough did just that as EPA Chief Scott Pruitt tried to dodge a question about Trump’s views on climate change. Trump, in a 2012 tweet, claimed Climate Change was a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese.

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Right in the middle of Pruitt’s spin on discussions about why the president pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, Scarborough, visibly frustrated, interrupted him.

“It’s a simple question. Mr. Pruitt, it’s a simple question. Have you ever talked to the president about whether he believes climate change is real? Does he still believe it was a hoax launched in china?”

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Pruitt tried, unsuccessfully, to deflect the question and pivot to the ‘Put America First’ rally cry that Trump surrogates go to when they don’t want to give real answers. Scarborough was having none of it. This was the director of the EPA, the agency that should be MOST concerned with the impact of man-made climate issues, trying to side-step a question he should be supremely qualified for and excessively eager to answer. Yet,he refused. Scarborough,finally, had enough.  ‘Doesn’t that matter to you?’, He asked the director twice. Pruitt continued to talk over Scarborough who finally halted the interview.

“This interview has to stop in its tracks until I just get a yes (or) no answer from you on whether you believe it’s important that Americans find out whether their president believes that climate change is a conspiracy theory based out of China.”


Pruitt gave a vague and tepid response about the president ‘indicating the climate was changing’ and a quasi admission that there is a ‘human contribution’ to it. Still, the EPA director treaded lightly, seemingly cautious that he didn’t contradict his boss too badly.

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